Mrs. Hantman is President of Hantman Associates, Inc., an international fine arts and antiques auction firm and personal property appraisal firm located in Potomac, Maryland, which she founded in 1994. From 1988-1994 she served as Director of the Trusts and Estates and Furniture Departments, Staff Appraiser and Auctioneer for the C.G. Sloan & Company, fine arts and antiques auction and appraisal firm in Bethesda, Maryland.

With sixteen years experience appraising personal property, Mrs. Hantman is an accredited Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), an international multi-disciplinary certifying and accreditation organization. She has prepared appraisals for banks, insurance companies, museums, institutions, IRS, private collectors and homeowners.

Types of appraisals Mrs. Hantman has rendered include replacement value for insurancae purposes; loss of value to ascertain the degree of damage and depreciation resulting from partial and total loss suffered from accident or thievery, including hypothetical appraisals; fair market value for estate tax purposes, family distribution, marital division, non-cash charitable donation, private sale and auction; and distress sale value for forced sale liquidation.

Paula Hantman has been a frequent guest lecturer on the valuation of antiques and the auction market to various groups including the Smithsonian Institution, American University, International American Society of Appraisers Conference, Fairfax County School System Continuing Adult Education Program, historical societies, radio and television interviews: NBC (Today Show), Fox News, CNN, BBC, etc. She also is a regular appraiser of antiques and decorative arts for various historical societies, museums and numerous metropolitan area fund-raisers.

Paula Hantman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the Maryland Auctioneers Association and is a licensed professional fine arts and antiques auctioneer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Florida.